Penn Orthopaedics

Orthopaedic Surgery Faculty

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Richard A. Balderston, M.D.

Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Attending Staff, The Pennsylvania Hospital, University of Pennsylvania
Medical Director, Skilled Care Center, Pennsylvania Hospital, University of Pennsylvania
Chief of Spine Service, Pennsylvania Hospital
Department: Orthopaedic Surgery

Contact information
800 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Office: 215-829-2222
Fax: 215-829-2478
BA (Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry)
Yale University, 1973.
University of Pennsylvania, 1977.
Post-Graduate Training
Internship, Bryn Mawr Hospital, 1977-1978.
Residency, University of Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Surgery, 1978-1982.
Fellowship, Twin Cities Scoliosis Center, University of Minnesota Spinal Deformity, 1982-1983.
Diplomat, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 1985.
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Description of Clinical Expertise

Selected Publications

Auerbach JD, Jones KJ, Milby AH, Anakwenze OA and Balderston RA.: Segmental Contribution Toward Total Lumbar Range of Motion in Disc Replacement and Fusions: A Comparison of Operative and Adjacent Levels. Spine: 1 34(23): 2510-2517, November 2009.

Anakwenze OA, Auerbach JD, Milby AH, Lonner BS, Balderston RA.: Sagittal cervical alignment after cervical disc arthroplasty and anterior cervical discectomy and fusion. Results of a prospective, randomized, controlled trial. Spine 34(19): 2001-2007, 2009.

Yoder JH MS, Auerbach JD, Maurer PM, Erbe, EM PhD, Entrekin D MS, Balderston RA, Bertagnoli R, Elliott, DM PhD: Augmentation Improves Cadaveric Vertebral Body Compression Mechanics for Lumbar Total Disc Replacement. Spine 2009.

Delmarter R, Zigler JE, Balderston RA, Spivak JM, Linovitz RJ, Zucherman JF, Yue JJ, Haider TT, Kitchel SH, Cammisa FP, Danielson GO, Geiger D, Watkins R, Yuan H, Sherman J, Herkowitz H, Kroph MA, Goldstein JA.: Results of the Prospective, Randomized, Multicenter Food and Drug Administration Investigational Device Exemption Study of the ProDiscâ„¢-L Total Disc Replacement versus Circumferential Fusion for the Treatment of Two Level Degenerative Disc Disease. The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (in press) 2009.

SA Rundell, JD Auerbach, RA Balderston, SM Kurtz: Total Disc Replacement Positioning Affects Facet Contact Forces and Vertebral Body Strains. Spine 33(23): 2510-2517, 2008.

Auerbach JD, Ballester CM, Hammond F, Carine ET, Balderston RA, Elliott DM.: The effect of implant size and device keel on vertebral compression properties in lumbar total disc replacement. Spine 2008.

S Namdari, A Milby, J Auerbach, B Lonner, RA Balderston, K Kean: The parallax effect in the evaluation of range of motion in lumbar total disc replacement. Spine. RRY Publications, LLC, 2008.

Zigler J, Delamarter R, Spivak JM, Linovitz RJ, Danielson GO 3rd, Haider TT, Cammisa F, Zuchermann J, Balderston R, Kitchel S, Foley K, Watkins R, Bradford D, Yue J, Yuan H, Herkowitz H, Geiger D, Bendo J, Peppers T, Sachs B, Girardi F, Kropf M, Goldstein J.: Results of the prospective, randomized, multicenter Food and Drug Administration investigational device exemption study of the ProDisc-L total disc replacement versus circumferential fusion for the treatment of 1-level degenerative disc disease. Spine 15(32): 1155-1162, May 2007.

Auerbach, Joshua D. Wills, Brian P D. McIntosh, Theresa C. Balderston, Richard A.: Evaluation of spinal kinematics following lumbar total disc replacement and circumferential fusion using in vivo fluoroscopy. Spine 32(5): 527-36, Mar 1 2007.

Auerbach, Joshua D. Johannessen, Wade. Borthakur, Arijitt. Wheaton, Andrew J. Dolinskas, Carol A. Balderston, Richard A. Reddy, Ravinder. Elliott, Dawn M.: In vivo quantification of human lumbar disc degeneration using T(1rho)-weighted magnetic resonance imaging. European Spine Journal 15( Suppl 3): S338-44, Aug 2006.

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Last updated: 11/17/2009
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